Sweden

Specieret

Specieret

Stockholm, Sweden

A gastronomic bistro, it borders on the walls of the valued Gastrologik and shares its cuisines, its inspirations and its delicate character. Three small community tables in a little windowed room, and the exceptional ability to make the meal common but personal. The large chalk blackboard on the wall displays a short menu for dinner and a shorter one for lunch that always manage to sum up both of Sweden’s souls – land and sea…

EKSTEDT

EKSTEDT

Stockholm, Sweden

It is old school. Heat, soot, ashes, smoke and fire as the only cooking method. Hours of embers smell. The sleeves of the check shirt are rolled up to set the quick hands free on minute courses. Birch, leather, copper, sandstone, wood. Growing up between north and south, from Jämtland to Skåne. Inventing an astonishing Scandinavian cuisine and serving it à la minute in a fairy-tale dance of miniature cups, pans and chopping boards. We wish future gastronomy were like this – a tree with a hardy, reassuring trunk and new, dazzling and hypnotizing branches. We entered a glass door in an anonymous street in the city of Stockholm, and it led us to seas, forests, meadows and fields in the whole of Sweden…

Hotel Skeppsholmen

Hotel Skeppsholmen

Stockholm, Sweden

Spending a few winter nights in Stockholm and waking up to the apricot dawn in the bay beyond the thin trees, the frozen quay and the sailing ships of Skeppsholmen Island, is to us one of the most natural ways to enjoy the Swedish capital. And pretending – but not so much – to be the guests of a pacific country residence that can be reached only through a small bridge or by sea, aboard a boat. Slowly, almost at a walking pace…

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Niklas Ekstedt

Swedish chef-patron, TV-presenter and best-selling cookery book author Niklas Ekstedt shows astonishing creativity, producing elegant food using long-lost Swedish cooking techniques and burning wood as his only source of heat. Precisely the opposite of molecular, modernist or futuristic gastronomy, the extraordinary restaurant experience delivered by his team, was rewarded in April 2013 when EKSTEDT was given its first Michelin star…

Matsalen

Matsalen

Stockholm, Sweden

If restaurants are places where meals are served and eaten at various times during the day, Matsalen (gourmet haute cuisine) is not a restaurant but a peak of gastronomic experimentation where you can have a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in the amazing setting of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. The leading roles are played by the knowledge, philosophy and creativity of the star-awarded chef Mathias Dahlgren. His cuisine is strongly affected both by his homeland Sweden and by the influences and traditions he learned worldwide. Raw materials in accordance with the ongoing season, new masterly tastes, presentations as works of art. The place is pervaded by that impeccable contemporary-nordic style that fascinates us Southern Europeans – refined but welcoming, cultured but relaxed. A must in this same location are Matbaren – excellent gastro-bistro – and Matbordet for a ‘here-and-now experience’ face to face with the chef at work.

Gastrologik

Gastrologik

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Östermalm, 8pm, 6 June 2014. An intimate room with tables dressed in white linen, copper furniture with emerald blue glass and an open plan kitchen. Past the bar you can see two bouquets of wild flowers. Young guys and girls wearing chocolate brown aprons disappear behind the glass, looking for a plate in a cloud of vapour, then they take flowers from the bouquets, cut brown bread and slice a piece of toma cheese with herbs, put it on a plate and hide it under a lid. Their movements are a display of fine elegance. They come to the table and lovingly explain every dish on the menu. We tuck our teeth into crunchy crisps that transport us to paths covered in leaves in autumn. At the end of this culinary journey we are not in Stockholm anymore and it’s not 11pm on 6 June 2014. We are elsewhere, in a different time that, outside these walls, has not arrived yet.

Miss Clara

Miss Clara

Stockholm, Sweden

We’re always fascinated by stories, which is why we love Miss Clara. It’s a place drenched in stories. Set within one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau building, once an old girls’ school, today Miss Clara (Nobis Hotel) is perfect in many ways. For the contemporary decoration, the refined lighting, the selection of magazines on the bedside table, the beautiful plaids and the selection of bread, yogurt, cereals, jams and tea at breakfast. And most of all for the powerful atmosphere that you can only find within the walls of a period building, drenched in stories.

Rosendals Trädgård

Rosendals Trädgård

Stockholm, Sweden

A fruit garden with centennial apple trees, a wine garden, a rose garden with rare and old-fashion roses and a vast green expanse. The Plant Shop and the Café are found in the greenhouses. Here, you can taste delicious food prepared only with organic products and traditional Swedish bread and pastries, made fresh in the next-door Bakery. There’s also a boutique where to buy delicatessen and handicraft and tables under the veranda. Rosendals Trädgård is a small delicate reign celebrating the botanical art (they also organize courses and workshops) and the joie de vivre, set on a magical Nordic island: Djurgårdens. Come visit this garden of wonders on a Sunday morning in spring and live an unforgettable dream, just like we did.

A special summer

A special summer

Gotland, Sweden

We were told we would have loved it. We were told of a simple stretch of coast behind the pine trees, gravel cycling paths, a happy hippy atmosphere and two restaurants, one sophisticated and one more relaxed. Now that we’ve been to Bungenäs, we can guarantee that you will be up for a special summer. An inspiring and eccentric place, a promontory where to eat with new friends, a beach with metal sun loungers to fall asleep under the trees, a name you will want to reveal only to those people you know will be able to appreciate its magic. To get here you walk through the woods, open a gate and carefully close it behind you, then keep walking along a path surrounded by oak trees, pine trees, hedges and bushes. The air smells of mountains and the light filters through the branches…

Summary of Sweden

Summary of Sweden

Gotland, Sweden

In our lives there would have been a time before and after Gotland. While most people were spending their summer at the beach on the Mediterranean Sea, we flew to Stockholm, then to Visby. On a green oval shaped land on the freezing Northern Sea we found ourselves in a fairy-tale…

This place doesn’t exist

This place doesn’t exist

Gotland, Sweden

Fabriken Furillen is a place that gets into your heart and never leaves you. If you’re a sceptical or a pragmatic person you might wonder what is there so special in a design hotel within an old gravel quarry in an isolated island of the North. We would reply that the only way you could understand it is by coming here and experiencing it for yourself. As soon as you get out of your car you feel the desire to stay…

KUTENS BENSIN

KUTENS BENSIN

Fårö, Sweden

Fårö is a small land north of Gotland. It’s the island of another island, its younger sister. Get here in the warmest summer months, just before sunset. Reach Langhammarshammaren and sit on the stones next to the giant monoliths looking West. Watch the strong light become weaker and weaker like the flame of a candle and then disappear…

Gotland, SWEDEN

Gotland, SWEDEN

by Karin Milton

Karin has pastel blue eyes, golden blond hair, rosy cheeks and a cheerful personality. She teaches social sciences at high school and in the last three years she’s been looking after her hotel, the Stelor. It’s a fairy-tale hotel with a superb restaurant south of Visby on the island of Gotland.

Story Hotel

Story Hotel

Stockholm, Sweden

Story Hotel sums up the city it’s in. It’s young, fresh and eclectic, but also nostalgic, retro and romantic. Old couches sit next to colourful wall art, white tiles next to Asian style sinks and Nordic design next to wrought iron furniture. Set in one of the liveliest neighbourhood of the city.

Sturehof

Sturehof

Stockholm, Sweden

Sturehof is a Swedish bistro (with a French twist) with a bar and a dj-set. Outside, the straw chairs and round tables remind of Paris. Inside, grey blue walls, a glass window with printed shapes of fish and coral, white tablecloths and friendly service…

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